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Cowgirls 'N Angels 2012 DVD Bailee Madison and James Cromwell
Cowgirls 'N Angels 2012 DVD Bailee Madison and James Cromwell
DVD ~ Bailee Madison
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4.0 out of 5 stars A great cast carries a good story though the script could've used more work, April 13, 2014
Written and directed by Timothy Armstrong, Cowgirls & Angels is a sweet little indie film about a young girl growing up in Oklahoma who joins a touring group of women rodeo trick-riders in order to search for the father she's never known. It's surprisingly good for what it is, mostly because of a very talented cast whose performances give the film some real heart. While it's aimed mainly at a younger audience, it's done well enough that viewers of any age can enjoy it, the kind of movie you can share with your kids.

Ida (Bailee Madison) is a twelve-year-old girl living with her single working mother in a small town in Oklahoma. She's never seen her father, and the only things she knows about him are that he worked with the rodeo, that her mother says he was an irresponsible no-account who left when Ida was born, and that his first name was Walker, which she only learned by looking through her mother's things and finding an old post card that he sent her. Frustrated by her mother's refusal to talk about her father, and by the fact that her mother is seldom around because she has to work all the time to support the two of them, Ida starts hanging out at the rodeo when it comes to town. A chance encounter with a group of young female trick-riders called the Sweethearts of the Rodeo ends up giving Ida an opportunity to join up with them and go on tour, which she sees as a chance to find her father, believing that he has to be out there somewhere on the rodeo circuit.

It is the fine cast that really makes the movie. Bailee Madison (veteran of a lot of television, most notably Once Upon A Time and Trophy Wife) is charmingly engaging as Ida, carrying the heart of the film on her very expressive face. James Cromwell (Babe, American Horror Story) is perfect as Terence, the aging rodeo veteran and owner (and father-figure) of the Sweethearts of the Rodeo, who sees Ida's potential and gives her a chance to learn trick-riding. Kathleen Rose Perkins (NCIS: Los Angeles, Enough Said) is effective as Rebecca, Ida's well-meaning but stretched-too-thin single mom who's trying her best. Jackson Rathbone (Twilight, Avatar: The Last Airbender) does a nice turn as Justin, an amiable rodeo cowboy who takes a romantic interest in one of the Sweethearts. Frankie Faison (Silence of the Lambs, Hannibal, The Wire) gives some extra depth as Augustus, Terence's chief assistant who's also a lay rodeo preacher. It also helps that a number of the Sweethearts are actual rodeo performers, giving the film a realistic feel it might not otherwise have had.

It's worth noting that this is Timothy Armstrong's first time as director and writer of a feature film. Prior to Cowboys & Angels, Armstrong's experience was largely limited to work on three "The Wheels on the Bus" children's videos. I say this both to give some context to the occasional short-comings of the script and to give credit that this first effort shows promise. It says something that Cowgirls & Angels evidently did well enough that he's writing and directing a sequel of sorts - Dakota's Summer, due out later this year - though this new film deals with different characters.

Recommended as worth checking out and well worth watching with your kids.


Trick or Treat: A History of Halloween
Trick or Treat: A History of Halloween
by Lisa Morton
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5.0 out of 5 stars The best single book on the history of Halloween that you could ever want, March 30, 2014
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Lisa Morton's Trick or Treat: A History of Halloween is not the ultimate Halloween reference work (though one doubts that any single book could qualify in that capacity), but that said, it is arguably the best single book on the history of Halloween that you could ever want. At 199 pages, it is a comparatively short book and remarkably compact, and yet it covers an enormous amount of material, more than making up in breadth what it might possibly lack in depth. It is also filled with a number of illustrations, from centuries-old woodcuts to contemporary photographs which really give the reader a feel for the periods being covered (and if you're old enough, a nostalgic feel for Halloweens remembered from childhood).

Highly recommended.


2014 National Geographic Castles Deluxe Wall
2014 National Geographic Castles Deluxe Wall
by Zebra Publishing Corp.
Edition: Calendar
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5.0 out of 5 stars If you love seeing picturesque castles every month of the year, this calendar is a good choice, February 18, 2014
The 2014 National Geographic Castles Deluxe Wall Calendar has a very nice selection of photos of some of the most notable - and well preserved - castles of Europe, one large full-page shot for each month of the year:

January - Schloss Hohenschwangen, near Fussen, Bavaria, Germany
February - Schloss Schwerin, in Schwerin, Mecklenburg, Western Pomerania, Germany
March - Chateau de Chaumont, in Chaumont-sur-Loire, Loir-et-Cher, Centre, France
April - Chateau de Pierrefonds, in Pierrefonds, Oise, Picardy, France
May - Penthyn Castle, near Bangor, Gwynedd, Wales
June - Chateau de Saumur, in Saumur, Maine-et-Loire, Pays de la Loire, France
July - Burg Rheinstein, near Trechtingshausen, Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany
August - Burg Eltz, near Munstermaifeld, Rhineland Palatinate, Germany
September - Hluboka Castle, in Hluboka nad Vltavou, Ceske Budejovice, South Bohemia, Czech Republic
October - Schloss Stolzenfels, near Koblenz, Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany
November - Schloss Sigmaringen, in Sigmaringen, Baden-Wurtemberg, Germany
December - Schloss Neuschwanstein, in the Bavarian Alps, near Fussen, Bavaria, Germany

In addition, the day squares are large and clear enough, even with the holiday notations, to write legible reminders that are easy to see, so this calendar is practical as well as picturesque. Recommended for any fan of castles.


The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
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4.0 out of 5 stars A well-crafted score by James Newton Howard, but works better in the movie itself, February 16, 2014
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In fairness, I have to say that James Newton Howard's score for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire works far better when heard while seeing the movie than it does if one simply listens to it from start to finish. It is assuredly a well-crafted score, but structurally it's more like a seasoning for the film scenes than it is a main course in and of itself. There are some 29 tracks on the CD and so many of them tend to be on the short side, two minutes or less. Still, many of the longer tracks are quite evocative, calling to mind not only the scenes they're from but the overall tone of the movie itself, of which Howard's score was a major component. And though some are understandably repeats of musical themes of the first film, most of them are new and original, with the emotional ante kicked up quite a bit across the board but especially for the action scenes.

My personal favorites are:

"We Have Visitors"
"The Tour"
"Peacekeepers"
"A Quarter Quell"
"Katniss is Chosen"
"Monkey Mutts"

Recommended for anyone who liked Catching Fire and for any fan of James Newton Howard's work.


Croods
Croods
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A fine Alan Silvestri score that evokes scenes from the movie - and has some good segments for workouts as well, February 16, 2014
This review is from: Croods (Audio CD)
Like a lot of film scores, a lot depends on whether or not you liked the movie it's from. If you liked The Croods as a movie, then you'll definitely like the soundtrack Alan Silvestri composed for it. The music shifts in tones according to the scenes the pieces accompany, sometimes pensive, sometimes playful, sometimes dramatic and emotional, and sometimes all out run-for-your-life exhilarating.

My favorite pieces were "Smash and Grab", the music from the early 'hunting' scene where Silvestri works in bits of Fleetwood Mac's classic "Tusk" as the Croods compete with the local wildlife for an egg; "Piranhakeets" where Guy saves Eep and her family from the Pranhakeets swarm with his fire, the frenetic "Fire and Corn" where the Croods learn about fire the hard way, the sweetly lyrical "Going Guy's Way" where the theme from the opening song "Shine Your Way" is reworked instrumentally as Guy shows the Croods how to deal with their new environment after their cave was destroyed, "We'll Die If We Stay Here" and "Cave Painting" both touching emotional chords from what are arguably the two most moving scenes in the film, and "Big Idea" where the music swells as Grug races to carry out his one big idea before the approaching land collapse overtakes him. In addition, there are three pieces played during the end credits that repeat themes from pieces earlier in the film, but at a more leisurely pace.

The Croods isn't going to rank as one of the great film scores of all time as there is too much shifting in tone and mood to make it the sort of film score you'll want to play from beginning to end. And I do have to admit that the one actual song, "Shine Your Way", didn't really do much for me. It was okay, but not all that memorable in and of itself - I liked the instrumental reworking of it found in "Going Guy's Way" better for some reason. But all that said, The Croods does have pieces that will be people's personal favorites and that you'll want to pick out for playlists.

On a side note, I've found that a number of Silvestri's pieces are good for listening to during workouts at the gym, particularly if you're on the track or working on one of the ellipticals. Something to bear in mind when putting together a workout playlist for your ipod.

Highly recommended for anyone who liked the movie and for any fan of Alan Silvestri's work in general.


Dallas Buyers Club
Dallas Buyers Club
DVD ~ Jared Leto
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5.0 out of 5 stars Matthew McConaughey is outstanding as Ron Woodroof, a Texan with AIDS who refused to just roll over and die, January 20, 2014
This review is from: Dallas Buyers Club (DVD)
Directed by Jean-Marc Vallée (The Young Victoria, C.R.A.Z.Y.) from a screenplay by first-time screenwriter Craig Borten and Melisa Wallack (Mirror, Mirror), Dallas Buyers Club is based on the life and experiences of Ron Woodruff, a Texas electrician and rodeo hanger-on who, when diagnosed with AIDS and told he only had 30 days to live, refused to just roll over and die.

The movie begins in Dallas, Texas in 1985, when AIDS was just beginning to emerge in the public consciousness. Ron Woodroof (Matthew McConaughey in an absolutely amazing performance) is a 35-year-old electrician and rodeo hanger-on who lives hard and parties harder, everything from smoking and drinking to drugs and careless sex. When an injury on the job ends up sending him to the hospital, the doctors there do some tests and awkwardly inform him that he tested positive for HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. They then inform him that he should start putting his affairs in order as they estimate that he only has maybe thirty days to live. Ron, a stereotypical homophobic redneck, angrily rejects the diagnosis, believing - as most people did back then - that AIDS was something only "f[expletive for homosexual]s" got, the mere implication being more offensive to him than the potential death-threat of the disease.

Woodroof immerses himself in booze and drug binge denial at first. But when thinking about something he read - about how some people get AIDS from intravenous drug use - he reflects on some past behavior and comes to the realization that the diagnosis is probably true. Snapping himself out of his depression, he begins to read everything he can find on AIDS, particularly on treatment research. At the time, the drug AZT was the only thing that seemed to show any promise at combatting the disease. The problem though was that AZT was only in the clinical trials stage in the US, a process which was going to take a year before the drug could be approved by the FDA for doctors to prescribe to patients. Facing a 30-day diagnosis, a year's wait was a death sentence for people like Woodroof. Refusing to accept the situation, and faced with no way to legally buy the drug, Woodroof sets out to get it any way he can. Eventually he ends up going to Mexico to a clinic run by a Dr. Vass (Griffin Dunne), an American physician whose license was revoked for violating US regulations in his AIDS-related work. Dr. Vass puts Ron on a cocktail of other drugs, along with some vitamins, that he believes are more effective in treating the symptoms of AIDS, there being no known way of treating the HIV virus itself.

Seeing an opportunity, Ron begins to buy up large stockpiles of the unapproved drugs and vitamins and smuggle them into the US, not only for his own use but for sale to other HIV+ persons to help pay for the costs of his own treatment. To broaden his reach, the still very homophobic Woodroof enters into an unlikely partnership with a transvestite named Rayon (Jared Leto in an equally bravura performace), a fellow HIV patient, who he met during a stay in the hospital, realizing that Rayon would have more contacts with AIDS patients in the gay community, which at the time was where the vast majority of them were. Eventually their questionably legal business grows into the Dallas Buyers Club, an organization that allows them to circumvent the law against selling the drugs by simply giving the drugs to members who have to pay a monthly fee for their memberships.

A lot of what makes this movie worth seeing are the outstanding performances by Matthew McConaughey (Magic Mike, The Lincoln Lawyer) and Jared Leto (Requiem for a Dream, Lord of War), both of whom went to extraordinary lengths to make this film (McConaughey lost 50 pounds and Leto lost 30 pounds to achieve the gaunt look needed to portray the effects of AIDS over time). McConaughey is amazingly intense as he takes Woodroof first through the emotional gamut of dealing with the AIDS diagnosis, and then transforms himself as he shows Woodroof dealing with his situation with absolute determination to survive regardless of what it takes, rapidly adjusting his life and his views and calling on talents he never knew he had to become the person he needs to be - and the person other people need him to be - to survive. Leto's Rayon is also a great character study, giving depth to his character by showing another side to Rayon's outer flamboyance, revealing things by his character's very unwillingness to reveal them.

*** Warning - Possible spoiler in next paragraph ***

But it is McConaughey who drives the film and who commands your attention. One of the sequences that best shows the intensity McConaughey throws into his performance occurs as he shows Ron's life rapidly falling apart as news of his diagnosis spreads. His former friends turn on him, his co-workers refuse to let him on the job site, and finally he returns one night to his rented trailer only to find the door locked, an eviction notice taped to it, and the words "F[expletive for homosexual] Blood!" spray-painted across the side. To which McConaughey's Ron responds in sheer rage, yelling to the silent trailers around him "I still live here, you hear me?! I fu[expletive]in' live here!!" He is _so_ not going gentle into that good night.

*** End of possible spoiler - You may read safely from here on. :) ***

The rest of the cast is also quite good. Jennifer Garner (Alias, Juno) is effective at bringing out the dilemmas of the time as Eve Saks, the doctor who gets to know both Woodroof and Rayon, caught between her desire to help and the restrictions put on her by the medical bureaucracy, particularly as she comes to doubt the approved approach both in terms of its effectiveness and its motivations. And Steve Zahn (Treme, Diary of a Wimpy Kid) provides a nice counter-balance as Ron's sympathetic brother Tucker, a Dallas cop caught between enforcing the law and the ties of family.

What's also remarkable about Dallas Buyers Club is that it was made on a comparative shoestring budget - just $5M - most of which McConaughey had to raise himself. And yet it looks better than half of the big-budget films hitting theaters these days. And partly because of this, there's a leanness to the feel of the film that fits the core story, where time matters and no moment can afford to be wasted.

Highly, highly recommended, not only for McConaughey and Leto's outstanding performances but for its portrayal of people struggling against not only a procedure-bound medical bureaucracy but also against a system geared against them by the enormous influence of pharmaceutical companies


Wild Bill DVD
Wild Bill DVD
DVD ~ Andy Serkis
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4.0 out of 5 stars Exceptionally well done film about reluctant ex-con father and estranged son, January 11, 2014
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Directed by Dexter Fletcher (long-time actor, first-time director) from a screenplay he co-wrote with Danny King (Thieves Like Us), Wild Bill is an exceptionally well done film about a man named Bill, recently released from prison who's in no shape or mood to become a father, and his two sons, one of whom is too young to even remember him and the other who wants nothing to do with him. But as the classic line from the Robert Frost poem goes, home is where, when you have to go there, they have to take you in. And Bill has nowhere else to go.

A lot of what makes Wild Bill work are the performances of the cast. Charlie Creed-Miles (Injustice, The Last King) does an exceptionally nuanced turn as Wild Bill, bringing out the complex nature of the character, showing him alternately as a man with a past he largely wants to forget, who wants to be left alone to try and get on with his life, but at the same time a man who, however reluctantly at first, finds himself trying to do the right thing by his sons and by a woman he ends up getting to know. But Will Poulter (We're the Millers, The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, Son of Rambow) is truly outstanding as Bill's older son, Dean, his very expressive face showing Dean's turmoil of emotions as he in turn reluctantly comes to re-connect with his father even as he deals with Jimmy's increasing troubles and his own awkward relationship with a girl he has a major crush on.

Highly recommended.


Game of Thrones 2014 Wall Calendar
Game of Thrones 2014 Wall Calendar
by HBO
Edition: Calendar
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice calender with good photos of all the major Game of Thrones characters but hard to see reminders on, January 9, 2014
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If you like Game of Thrones, this is a good calendar to have on the wall, with photos of all the major characters. The only drawback is that the coloring of the actual calendar pages is a bit dark which makes written reminders hard to read unless you either look really closely or else use something that writes in white or some other bright color.


Inside Llewyn Davis
Inside Llewyn Davis
DVD ~ Oscar Isaac
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3.0 out of 5 stars An interesting film, but after it's done one wonders what the point was, January 5, 2014
This review is from: Inside Llewyn Davis (DVD)
The one thing one can always expect from a Coen Brothers film is that it will be interesting. And Inside Llewyn Davis does deliver in that aspect at least. But that said, when it was all over, I was left wondering what the point was. As a Coen Brothers fan, I think it's worth seeing. But that said, it's not one that I think I'll ever want to see again, let alone keep in my collection.

The film is set in February of 1961 in New York City's Greenwich Village when the folk music scene was just beginning to take hold there. Llewyn Davis (Oscar Isaac) is a struggling folk singer trying to make a name for himself but not doing very well at it. The reasons for his lack of success are many and varied, but top of the list is the fact that his singing partner, Mike (sung by Marcus Mumford), committed suicide about a year earlier. The album that they did together - If We Had Wings - had what seems to be a modest success, but Llewyn's recent solo album - Inside Llewyn Davis - isn't selling at all and people aren't exactly lining up to offer him gigs at any of the clubs. As a result, he has no money and is sleeping on the couches of friends and acquaintances, rotating his way through them like a migrant guest as he drifts about ever in search of work, his welcome becoming steadily thinner with each cycle.

As the film progresses, you begin to see that a lot of Llewyn's problems are self-inflicted. He doesn't think things through, frequently makes bad decisions, is not the most considerate person on the best of days and generally rubs people the wrong way, especially when he opens his mouth. This might all be overlooked if he were a major talent, but even there he seems to be lacking as it gradually becomes obvious that the only songs people seem to want to hear him sing are the ones he did with his partner Mike. Add to all this the fact that he's increasingly bitter and resentful towards pretty much everyone in general, blames everyone but himself for his failures and yet keeps expecting people to help him out.

In fact, there are not a whole lot of likeable people in this movie. Some of them are interesting - like John Goodman's Roland Turner, a pompous and aggressively annoying jazz musician who staggers about like a drug-addicted Orson Welles, and Garret Hedlund's Johnny Five, a muttering beat poet acting as Turner's chauffeur, who Llewyn ends up sharing a ride to Chicago with in a desperate attempt to see if he can attract the interest of impresario Bud Grossman (F. Murray Abraham) who has a major club there. About the only characters who are in any way likeable are Llewyn's friend Jim (Justin Timberlake) at whose apartment he crashes and a guest of Jim's named Troy Nelson (Stark Sands), a painfully clean-cut and earnest young soldier trying to break into the folk music scene. But in many ways Jim and Troy are too nice to be really believable and only seem to be there to make the unpleasant characters even more unpleasant by contrast. In truth, it says something about Inside Llewyn Davis that the only genuinely sympathetic character in the film is a cat.

In the end though my biggest problem with Inside Llewyn Davis is that when the film ends, nothing has changed. Llewyn is still exactly the same as he was at the beginning of the film, as is everyone else, making you wonder what the point of the film was. Why did we follow the life of this somewhat pitiable but mostly unlikeable character for a week which seems to have made no difference for better or worse in the man himself?

To be fair, Oscar Isaac (Won't Back Down, Sucker Punch) does a marvelous job of bringing out the complexity of Llewyn Davis as a character, even if the character isn't a particularly admirable or likeable one. He's already been nominated for a number of critics' awards and will likely be getting an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor for his portrayal. And Inside Llweyn Davis won the Jury Prize at Cannes last year and has also picked up a number of nominations in various categories for other awards including the Golden Globes. So there is something there that critics at least are responding to. It just didn't work all that well for me as an individual.

Recommended for fans of the Coen Brothers, and for Oscar Isaac's performance, but not much else.


The Wolf of Wall Street
The Wolf of Wall Street
DVD ~ Leonardo DiCaprio
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3.0 out of 5 stars Great performances marred by lack of editing and excessive focus on excess, January 3, 2014
This review is from: The Wolf of Wall Street (DVD)
Directed by Martin Scorsese from a screenplay by Terence Winter (Boardwalk Empire, The Sopranos) adapted from the book of the same name by Jordan Belfort, The Wolf of Wall Street is something of a mixed bag. On the one hand, it has a number of great performances, most notably those of Leonardo DiCaprio as Jordan Belfort, the "Wolf of Wall Street" title character, and Jonah Hill as his manic over-the-top best friend and cohort Donnie Azoff. Or rather, what would've been great performances if they hadn't in scene after scene gone on _way_ longer than they should've. And it's also about a memorable bit of Wall Street history, of Jordan Belfort and Stratton Oakmont, the brokerage firm he founded that acquired the nickname "The Boiler Room" for its high-pressure environment and became infamous for its unscrupulous business practices and its excesses on every scale imaginable. The problem is that the film focuses far, far more on the excesses (drinking, drugs, sex, money) than on anything else to the point that the film itself becomes a study in excess. It also fails to show the effects of what Belfort and his cronies did to the investors they conned. The victims of their fraud are virtually invisible, making you wonder what Belfort and Stratton Oakmont were actually guilty of.

The film begins in 1987, when Jordan Belfort (Leonardo DiCaprio) gets a job as a stockbroker at an investment firm on Wall Street. One of the firm's executives, Mark Hanna (Matthew McConaughey), becomes his mentor and initiates Belfort into the high-pressure and high-excess life of Wall Street of the late 1980's, intriguing Belfort with his devil take the hindmost approach. But just after Belfort passes his exam and earns his broker's license to become a full-fledged stockbroker, Black Monday hits and the bottom falls out of the market, causing him and a lot of other brokers to lose their jobs.

With so many stockbrokers out of work and so few firms hiring, Belfort becomes discouraged and starts to consider looking for other types of work, but his wife Teresa (Cristin Milioti) spots an ad for a company that says they're actually looking for stockbrokers. The company turns out to be Investor Center, a small-time operation run out of an old boiler room where low-level brokers deal in penny stocks sold over-the-phone to small investors. Belfort's aggressive but highly-polished (and ruthlessly deceptive) sales pitch style pay off big, to the amazement of the other brokers who quickly adopt his approach. Shortly after his fortunes take off at Investor Center, Belfort hooks up with Donnie Azoff (Jonah Hill), a salesman who happens to live in the same apartment complex as he does, and they decide to open their own firm together, starting with several of Belfort's friends (whose only real sales experience is as marijuana dealers) and some of his co-workers from Investor Center. The firm, which he gives the respectable "old firm"-sounding name of Stratton Oakmont, quickly takes off, and after Forbes magazine does an article on Belfort naming him "The Wolf of Wall Street", suddenly every young and aggressive broker on Wall Street wants to work for him and almost overnight Stratton Oakmont becomes a billion-dollar company. And life at Stratton Oakmont becomes one big never-ending party with liquor, drugs and prostitutes - and most importantly money - flowing non-stop.

More than anything else, The Wolf of Wall Street is a film that desperately needed a good film editor. Actually, after looking into it, I found that the film _had_ a good editor, three-time Academy Award winner Thelma Schoonmaker (Raging Bull, The Aviator and The Departed). So I am at a loss to explain why this film came out so self-indulgently long. But regardless of who is to blame, The Wolf of Wall Street was one of the only films I've ever seen where I found myself actually wishing I was watching the edited-for-length TV version instead. A good example of the problem by way of contrast is Matthew McConaughey's performance as Belfort's early mentor Mark Hanna. McConaughey really only has one scene in the entire film but it's a great and memorable one, partly because of McConaughey's performance but also because it's exactly as long as it needs to be and no longer. Contrast this with a later scene where a drug-addled DiCaprio is desperately trying to get home to warn an equally drug-addled Hill against talking to their Swiss banker on his home phone which he's just learned has been bugged by the FBI. Ordinarily this would have been a brilliantly comic scene, but it ends up going on for so long that it loses its comedic value and you end up just wishing that they'd stop and move on to the rest of the movie.

One bit of film trivia worth noting: the use of profanity in The Wolf of Wall Street is not merely prolific, it's record-breaking. The film has the dubious distinction of holding the all-time record for Most Uses of the F-word in a non-documentary feature film - a whopping 506 times in a little less than 3 hours. The previous record holder was Spike Lee's 1999 film Summer of Sam with 435 uses.

Recommended, mainly for DiCaprio and Hill's performances and for its lavish, almost slavish portrayal of Wall Street excess, with the advice that the fast-forward button may well end up being your best friend after the first hour or so.
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